Would you leave your 2 & 5-year-old in a car alone while you were watching a T-Ball game?
I went to watch Damien's first T-ball practice/game (he's 3) and it was really cold out. He told his mom and dad that it was too cold, so we decided to leave. When I was walking to my car, I noticed that a kid who couldn't be more than 2 and another who couldn't be over 5 were sitting a car all by themselves. I sat there contemplating what to do. I'm not a parent but I cannot see myself leaving a child alone in a car like that, even if my third child was in the middle of a game. I am not a parent but I can't see myself leaving a 5-year-old to take care of a 2-year-old. Is this OK?
I sat for a long time trying to decide what I should do. Doing nothing wasn't an option. In the end, I sat there until both parents got to their car and I got out and said "you shouldn't leave your kids alone like that". The woman said "these are my kids and I was right over there." My question is, if you were right there and could actually see them, why didn't you come over when the five-year-old got in the front seat and set off the alarm. I didn't say that but I should have. Then the dad starts yelling at me how she's a mother of three. I'm like, OK, well then you should know better. Right then, I knew I should have called the police. I don't like to start things but I am not the type of person who can just walk away and hope for the best. So I tell them that next time I will call the police. The guy starts yelling at me to call his brother/brother-in-law (I don't remember which it was). There were a lot of people around and I hope that I embarrassed them enough not to leave their children unattended like that. All I kept thinking was, these kids could be on the 6:00 news as kidnapped. I just don't understand some people.
Did I over-react? Or should I have called the police?
Well, I'm sure I will see them again the next time my nephew plays T-Ball. That should be interesting.